Big Bear, it’s time to take a bite out of crime. This year marks the 27th anniversary of National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime. National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at 477 Summit Blvd. in Big Bear Lake on Aug. 3 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to receive a fingerprint and photo identification booklet. Each year more than 800,000 children go missing in America. That’s one child every 40 seconds. Child identification kits are available free of charge at the Big Bear Sheriff's Station. 

Children will be fingerprinted by Sheriff's Department personnel. Booklets are available that include a personal record and guidelines to discuss with your child. Information about other crime prevention programs including home security guidelines, Neighborhood Watch and the You Are Not Alone program are also available free of charge.

Deputies and volunteers of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, as well as McGruff the Crime Dog, will conduct extra neighborhood patrols within the Valley from 6 to 8 p.m. with informational handouts and goodies.

And the Lifestream Community Blood Drive takes place from Tuesday 4 to 7 p.m. at the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station.

All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical exam as part of the donation process. For more information, call 800-TRY-GIVING.

The National Night Out program is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

This year 37 million Americans in nearly 15,000 communities are expected to participate by turning on their outside lights and hosting front porch vigils. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station encourages Valley residents to make an effort to meet their neighbors and discuss ways to improve neighborhood camaraderie in their immediate areas to reduce the possibility of criminal activity. National

Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination that helps make many neighborhoods safer places. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station invites residents to celebrate National Night Out and join law enforcement efforts to make the Valley a safer place to live.

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